It's hard to explain how big nanopore sequencing is if a few (hard) kinks can be figured out. Basically, it has the potential to completely democratize DNA sequencing.
Here is an explanation of the technology - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGWZvHIi3i0
You cannot effectively sell this kind of device under $25K--support costs simply eat your profit margin.
This is a constant across industries. You either have a $250 thneed (and you ignore your customers) or a $25K thneed (and you have shitty customer support) or a $250K thneed (and you have decent customer support).
To give you a sense, you can buy one for 1k and do as much detection as a 64k device, and it’s small enough to fit in a backpack. One device should be able to do 500-1000 tests per 24hrs at a cost of about $10 per test, not including labor.
You can visit with the beaker browser, or share it through dat so it won't ever go down.
You can also visit it at http://www.nanosavseq.com/ (DNS is not up yet, http://18.104.22.168/book/index.html is direct)
It's embarrassingly barren right now, mainly since I've encountered some big problems with getting my DNA quantifier out of storage to start doing a lot more experiments. I'm getting that on Tuesday, so will be updating site then.
Press release: https://nanoporetech.com/about-us/news/oxford-nanopore-techn...
'Oxford Nanopore is planning to deploy LamPORE for COVID-19 in a regulated setting initially on GridION and soon after on the portable MinION Mk1C.'
The GridION is still expensive and not affordable for a business or private person, a MinION definitely is.
There are lots of folks working on LAMP in the DIYbio community. The kinda cool thing is that you can just have a colormetric read-out, so you don't even need Nanopore sequencing. I'm guessing that the reason Nanopore is nice there is to eliminate false positives. I'm more a fan of this approach -
Because you can recover full genomes as a by-product of diagnostic tests (which is useful for tracing infection, for example https://nextstrain.org/)